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Antiques for Today's Interiors Hardcover – 25 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (25 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855857065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855857063
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 23 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,739,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genevieve Weaver paints a vivid and often humorous picture of her early days starting out in the antiques trade during the 1960s, which is when her shop opened in Kings Road Chelsea, then a less than fashionable location. It is easy to see why her shop became a necessity to so many of the trendsetters and film and music set of fashionable London. Genevieve started off as she meant to go on breaking the rules, for example she was stripping pine in the days long before anyone else, she was setting trends of her own that years later others would follow. Genevieve put the decorative into antiques. Chapter after chapter of this immensely enjoyable book points the reader in the direction of how to achieve coherent design for any room. The authors clearly explain how the old and new can mix and the beautifully photographed interiors deliciously whet the appetite. The authors talk in plain language of colour, assessing the space you have and its function, while cleverly steering the reader away from 'playing safe'. This book encourages the use and enjoyment of antiques but stresses the need not to be intimidated by them, they should be visually satisfying as well as functional. We are asked to consider the effects of not just colour but texture, form and most of all wit. The photographs beautifully illustrate how to 'dress' a room; a tabletop becomes a focus for a collection, almost a still life. No surface is immune to possibilities walls, dressers even floors. However forget fragmented and crowded and think purposely grouped. Equally the minimalist interior is featured, proved in these pages is the fact that much hinges on an object in any setting with the ability to surprise and delight, yet not much happens by chance here, symmetry and focus look as though they have just come together quite naturally and that is because the authors have shown us the tricks of good design. An excellent book, a delight to leave sitting on the coffee table for frequent perusing!
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HASH(0x93124090) out of 5 stars Express your own eclectic style decorating with antiques 28 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having decided to furnish my house as if an adult lives there, I developed an interest in antiques. This book contains wonderful useful information about decorating with antiques. It even discusses how to use antiques in a modern decor. This is not a book for the collector/investor going after bargains and valuable pieces. It is for someone who will bring antiques into the home to enjoy! The photographs are stunning. They were the selling point, but text is just as good. The author discusses such topics as texture and pattern, mixing styles, anchor pieces, working with color, etc. The author also makes the case for decorating with antiques and provides information about buying from dealers. Easy and fun to read - full of useful practical information. I'm now hooked on antiques and buying with confidence.
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HASH(0x9301ec00) out of 5 stars my favorite book on antiques 10 Jun. 2002
By Molly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most antique books will tell you the book value of antiques and how to discern the real thing from a forgery. This book is different. It is written by Genevieve Weaver, who is antique dealer with her own shop. She has formed her own philosophy which focuses mostly on the aestetic of antiques, instead of collecting for book value. She suggests buying for decorative value and practicality, having antiques around the house that you can use. Antiquing, as she will tell you, is a form of investment, because antiques, as long as they are in good condition, have positive resale value.
After Genevive has covered her personal philosophy, she teaches her readers about decorative techniques such as focal points and overscaling. Then gives hints about how to decorate various "problem" spaces, such as hallways and landings.
Lastly in this book, you are shown finished homes which are furnished with antiques, and different ways to go about collecting them. The entire book is wonderfully put together, with full-page, full-color pictures and poetically written text.
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